Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 242
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 22.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed this shortly after they started selling these bombers at Brawley's.

A - Black body with a tan head. Quarter inch of head is resting on top that looks creamy and delicious.

S - Nice aroma of roasted malt with hints of smokiness. Also picking up a little coffee and chocolate but not much.

T - Wow. This thing is pretty good. Nice big roast flavor up front mixed with a bitter dark chocolate flavor. Hints of smoke similar to the nose but not nearly as present. This is all dark chocolate and roasted malts. Few beers could stand up to the roasted flavors in this one.

M - pretty heavy body with a lot of little carbonation bubbles. Could be a bit creamier.

D - I'm impressed. The flavor on this sucker is great. I love me some stouts with a big roast and dark chocolate flavor and this fits the bill. Only thing really holding this beer back is the mouthfeel. It could be just a bit creamier. Definitely would pick this up again.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Kevin for picking this up for me in NC

A: Jet black body is topped by a mocha head of impressive retention.

S: Bouquet is a touch shy, but notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee persevere.

T: Dry, with hints of coffee, chicory, and licorice.

M: Full body with a light creaminess, and little carbonation.

D: Definitely a delicious stout, something the locals should both embrace and enjoy.

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Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a muddy black/brown with a plentiful and heavy mocha frothy foam head that shows no sign of dissipating.

Smells malty, earthy, almost peppery and smokey - some faint coffee and chocolate as well. The chicory spice is prominent.

Taste is a lot like it smells - malts, earthy spices, some smoke, and coffee. Also some hops - they are a pleasant addition - gives it a crisp complexity.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. The carbonation and head has this feeling light and creamy. A bit thinner and lighter than I prefer, but quite good.

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Photo of devilben02
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a Guinness-loving Columbian friend from out-of-town, this one pours into the glasses with an expected black color and a small but present fizzy tan head. The aroma is quite pleasant, with a light coffee and milk character at first that eventually opens up to include notes of dark cocoa powder as it warms. The flavor is likewise lighter at first, with characteristics of light milk chocolate and black coffee that give way to a nice, deep (almost burnt) roasted malt flavor. The abundant, prickly carbonation is distracting at first, but it mellows with time to a nice moderate level that melds well with the rich roasted flavors.

Overall, this beer transformed more from the first sip to the last than most beers I've ever had, making for an interesting experience. In the end, though, all I will remember is that this is a very fine semi-dry stout.

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Photo of Arborescence
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black, pours a rather modest head which recedes quickly.

Aroma: Mild, malty, a hint of vanilla, nothing very impressive.

Taste: Mild chocolate flavour, bitter aftertaste with distinct hops.

Mouthfeel: Soft and round, medium bodied.

Overall: Kind of watery really, at least for a beer that claims to be full bodied with intense chocolate and coffee. Nothing of the sort really. It's drinkable, but quite light. Doesn't do justice to this type of stout.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Commis. Thanks Matt...

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Lots of head retention and lacing to be had here...

S - Coffee, chocolate, and lots of roasty notes...

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Ends on a bitter hop presense with some roastiness lingering in the finish. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - A little roasty for my likings. Solid, but nothing I would go out of way to obtain...


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Photo of bcostner1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I wouldn't call it pitch black...more very, very dark brown. Decent tan head that sticks around.

S: Chocolate and some wood. Not a ton else really.

T: Reminiscent of Oak Aged Yeti to me but not quite as rich or tasty. Definite chocolate of the bittersweet variety; becomes sweeter as it warms.. Definite woody/oaky presence as well. Very dry tasting. The label says there should be hints of coffee but I'm not really getting any.

M: Pretty easy drinker. A little thin on the body for a stout. Moderate ABV means you don't have to make it into a sipper.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means. Just not particularly memorable or outstanding to me. I would definitely drink it again, just wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out necessarily (as I would the Irish Walker Barleywine from Olde Hickory which is outstanding!)

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Photo of CJS
1.68/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A Pitch black with at least 2 inches of head on the pour. Sign of over carbonating in my usually on a stout.

S Dry roasted, burnt coffee, charred wood, crackers, and wheat bread.

T That dry roast smell is overall key element in the taste. Hoppy crocodile bite. And a lot of carbonation foretold by the head to me.

M Just a taste bud stabbing of bitter bitter chocolate and stale coffee attack to me.

O Glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near jet black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head.

S: Slightly smokey aroma with heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Same bittersweet chocolate from the smell shows up in spades along with a lingering smokey flavor.

O: Nice to see a stout that doesn't try and kill you with crazy flavors. Simple and very good.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber from Brawley's poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Pours a dark black with a mocha color head

S- Chocolate, coffee and alcohol

T- Chocolate and a hint of licorice up front and heavy coffee flavor in the back end and especially in the aftertaste. Very nice. Some hoppiness in the back as well, nice touch.

M- Full body, good carbonation.

D- Smooth but it's a little boozier than I wuld like.

Another solid brew from Olde Hickory. I'm quicly making my way through their entire line-up.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-deep ruby colored with a two finger head that fades to a small cap with a lot of lacing

S-some good chocolate, coffee, carmel smells

T-much like the smell chocolate coffee carmel but also like the smell not very strong

M-nice medium body

O-pretty good but if the smells and flavors were stronger it would be great

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Photo of smibroncos
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a rich dark opaque brown, with a creamy one finger tan head reak nice in the looks department. Nice lacing on the glass.

S. Rich roasted malts oats carmel leaves earthy light coffee aroma

T. Slight sweetness,doesn't last long the bitterness of this stout is spot on. This brew is a good representation of the style.

M. Medium bodied creamy nice carbonation

D. A really good brew not to sweet, not too bitter, great balance and good taste I will have this again.

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Photo of csparace
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mild smell. Kinda musty and not as potent as I'd like. Thin pour but retains a dark color. Light chocolate colored head that fades fast.

Taste is sorta like the smell murky/must. The dryness that usually accompanies a stout is really more sour than anything. The hickory comes in only slightly when the beer warms up. It's not as thin as it looked in the poor.

Overall I have to say I'm pretty disappointed. Usually I can find at least one quality that stands out that at least gives the beer some unique identify but everything here is just equally meh.

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Photo of fields336
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, charcoal black completely opaque. 2 fingers khaki brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The head is vigorous and bubbly. the lacing is really nice, and stays around.

S: chocolate, bready/biscuity malts, some sweet toffee and caramel are present as well. No alcohol is present, no hops.

T: Some bitter hoppiness is immediately present, with some bitter dark chocolate as well. There is a sweetness there, no alcohol is present in the taste

M: Full bodied, but not a sipper, is extremely easy drinking. the carbonation is really lively, treats your mouth well

O: This is a really nice example of an american stout. there is just enough hop bitterness to balance the slight sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness from the malts

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black, but not entirely opaque - bare hints of light shine through. Two fingers of pale brown head that subsides slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Burnt, roasted malts, balanced by some sweet smells. Almost a hint of vanilla and some woodsy and smoky scents.
I don't know if any hickory wood was used in this beer (I don't think there was), but that comes to mind.

Taste: Burnt, roasted, and chalky malts - just like it smells. That's the dominant flavor, and the toasty/burnt flavors remain into the aftertaste, mixing with the hops. Maybe a hint of bittersweet chocolate in the background. There is just a hint of citrus from the hops in the aftertaste, adding a little bit of complexity to the beer. As the style of beer would suggest, it's very dry, but also very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, but a little thin. A little more body would be nice, but even considering the lack of body, it's very full flavored.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this. It is full of strong flavors, but none to the point of being overpowering. This is also, as the style suggests, very, very dry - could not be more of a contrast between this and most milk stouts. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of veech
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very meaty robust stout for the dry irish stout style. Gorgeous opaque black with a creamy tan head with lots of carbonation and lacing. Chocolate malts with a strong coffee and molasses taste. Hopped enough to balance out the malts on the back end. Thick viscous coverage that coats the palate nicely. Drinkability is limited by a heaviness of body as far as sessioning goes, but great for just one or two.

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Photo of scifan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chesnut brown with a slightly tan head. Fairly nice nose here, picking up some dark chocolate, peat, and just a touch of smokiness. Taste as good as it smells. Hints of chocolate, with some coffee, and again a faint smokiness to it. Also some nice hop bitterness to round it all out. It's a little thin for my liking and wish it where a little creamier. But all in all a very nice session stout.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010 poured into a Surly Darkness goblet on July 11th 2011.

Pours a watery brown that settles to a solid black with little head that is of a mocha color dissipating to no lacing. The color is nice but has no head and lacing, it needs more body.

Smells of tons of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A little bit of expresso coffee smell on the back end. Great smell.

Taste is like a watery cup of coffee. I am getting almost no chocolate at all its all watery expresso. It needs more malt flavors. I am not sure what it tastes like fresh but with more then a year on it the flavors have all but gone.

Mouthfeel is light in the pallet and there is some coffee bitter on the back end.

Overall this is a huge miss for me. It totally lost its malt and chocolate stout flavor leaving it as nothing more then a watered down expresso. Don't get me wrong the smell and pour were nice but the taste is really off. This is a one and done for me.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours an opaque, deep brown, nearly black color with a 1/2' creamy tan head forming at the top of the pour. There is some slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts dominate the nose. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses accompany some slight hop aromas.

T: Sweetness of chocolate and caramel hits the tongue at the outset of the sip and moves into the middle. Roasted malts and coffee follows heading into the finish where some slight citrus hop bitterness rounds out the sip.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer that feels creamy on the tongue with fairly high viscosity. The beer is well carbonated.

Overall, this is an excellent stout. The roasted malts and chocolate notes balance well with the coffee and slight hop presence in the finish.

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Photo of xpdrinker
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Pours dark brown, appears thin.  Light tan head with a little lacing.

S - Toasty malt, earthy, semi-sweet chocolate and a little coffee.

T - Weak coffee, bitter chocolate, not a whole lot else.

M - Super thin. Frail light body to the point of anorexia. High carbonation.

O - There's a special place in hell for stouts this thin.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFM Andy for sharing this east coast brew! Smokey black in color with light tan head...nice looking. A drinkable American stout with not a whole lot of backbone. Some fond notes of vanilla, dark fruit, coco, and grass, but overall pretty average.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pour from 22 oz. bomber into snifter, I get a waft of supermarket produce section, particularly fresh green apples, raw, powdered bitter chocolate, molasses barrels, sweet chex mix baked in the kitchen with plenty of brown sugar and honeycome, and a pastry-like hop character. Very complex, a joy.

About as black as you can get with a dark caramel brown head that retains well with some swaths of lace.

Campfire-coal-grilled meat and potatoes melds with Mars bars. Wildwater, burnt marshmallows...the whole camping experience is in this bottle. Neither the wood, nor the dark caramel chocolate are overly intense, and the light apple tempers the deeper, darker flavors, making for a relatively light mouthfeel, which actually allows for longer exploration of these flavors before the palate is shot. Alcohol appears to be low to moderate, although not listed. No alcohol burn to speak of. Bitter chocolate turns more acrid and salty towards the end.

An enjoyable beer with lots to explore.

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Photo of myelo
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap in a pint glass.

Opaque, black with medium tan head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin rim and prominent lacing.

Carmel malt, dark chocolate aroma. Taste is similar with moderate bitterness that lingers. No detectable ethanol.

Medium body with quite a lot of carbonation and slight warming.

Overall a tasty drinkable stout. The bitterness is a bit high for a stout with not enough sweetness to be fully balanced. Also seems a little more carbonated than some stouts.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A good black beer with decent brownish color head.

S: Chocolate. Malt.

T: Milk Chocolate and dark chocolate. A complex beer. I think the black patent malts made this an unpleasant experience for me. A high quality brew, but couldn't get over that flavor.

M: A decent stout in the mouth. Not too carbonated. Somewhat heavy.

D: If you like the black patent malt, this will be your kind of beer.

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Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very good thick stout that's got a great mouth feel to it. Pours with a thick lacing and heavy head that is light brown color. Don't live far from this brewery so I stock up on this stuff.

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Hickory Stick Stout from Olde Hickory Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.